Finally! The city is considering red-light cameras ("Red-Light Cameras Still a Ways Away: Council Studying Whether City Should Implement Program," July 18). Why this took so long I have no idea, but all I can say is hallelujah.
I live along the Penn Avenue corridor in Point Breeze (where cyclists fear for their lives) and around here, a just-turned red light is only a suggestion to stop. No doubt the problem has increased with East Liberty development, but it's always been an issue. And now with the opening of new stores along Center Avenue, not to mention the avalanche of increased traffic that will be caused by the opening of yet another Bakery Square development, running red lights with impunity will reach new heights of scariness.
If you've ever waited for the mind-boggling pattern of traffic lights by the East Liberty Target, you know it's a miracle that no one has been hit or killed by a car running a red light. When I see mothers crossing with young children, I literally can't watch. The cameras are working in Philadelphia and have proved to be a deterrent, so why not here?
If there are higher priorities than chasing down drivers running red lights, shouldn't police, city council and whoever else has been hired or elected to protect the safety of city residents be saying, "Yes, this is a good idea for Pittsburgh. Let's get those cameras operational -- today"?